Friday, August 20, 2004

Teaching Primary School Children about Japan through Art

Teaching Primary School Children about Japan through Art. This essay has some neat ideas for teaching elementary schools kids about Japan using art techniques.

From the site:

There are many reasons for teaching about Japan. Many students in the United States are of Japanese heritage; Japan is the second largest trading partner of the United States; and some healing still needs to occur between the U.S. and Japan after the damage and pain of World War II. Further, the U.S. and Japan share the Pacific and its waters and fisheries. Mutual cultural understanding and effective communication skills are necessary for the best use of these shared resources.

Many primary teachers excel at teaching about Japan through means such as food, language, holidays, and artifacts. Visual art should be added to this list. Two- and three- dimensional representations are powerful ways by which to integrate Japanese studies into curricular areas and into development of critical thinking skills.

The ideas of this Digest are offered to stimulate thinking about Japanese art, visual thinking, and practical applications for the study of Japan using art. Additional lessons on teaching Japanese art are available at


Some familiarity with Japanese aesthetics will enhance any exploration of Japanese art. Wabi, sabi, and suki are important yet illusive concepts that explain the notion of Japanese beauty. Wabi denotes simplicity and quietude and incorporates rustic beauty, such as patterns found in straw, bamboo, clay, or stone. It refers to both that which is made by nature and that which is made by man. Sabi refers to the patina of age, the concept that changes due to use may make an object more beautiful and valuable. This incorporates an appreciation of the cycles of life and careful, artful mending of damage. Suki means subtle elegance referring to beauty in accidental creation or unconventional forms.

Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Mrs. Thornburgh's 5th Grade Class

Mrs. Thornburgh's 5th Grade Class. Includes resources, news, homework, and calendar for students at Lincoln Elementary in Mount Vernon, WA.

From the site:

This is the launcher page of our class website. We use it like a bulletin board where we post information, activities and links that we need to do our work in class and at home. . This page will always be under construction. Be sure to visit the other links to learn what we are doing in our class.

Monday, August 16, 2004

The Room 012 Third Grade Class Home Page

The Room 012 Third Grade Class Home Page Award winning website at Anne E. Moncure Elementary School in Stafford, Virginia. In addition to school specific information, also offers many links and interactive math and language skills practice.

From the site:

Welcome to our Third Grade Class in Room 012 at Anne E. Moncure Elementary School, a public school in the Stafford County Public School System in Stafford, Virginia.

The information presented here is intended primarily for my students and their parents in order to keep everyone informed about homework, projects, and other activities that we will be doing throughout the year. We gladly welcome all visitors to our site and are happy to share our projects, assignments, activities and ideas found on these pages.

Colleagues will find some useful teacher resources and interactive classroom activities that I have used with my class throughout the years.